After months of around-the-clock care, the Toronto Zoo finally introduced an almost 4-month-old healthy male polar bear cub to its wildlife family.†
Seeing the cub reach that stage was a long, hard battle for zoo officials.†
When Aurora, a 10-year-old female polar bear, gave birth to three cubs on October 11, 2011, zoo officials were excited. Sadly, the mother rejected the cubs shortly after they were born.†
That's when officials intervened, but were only able to save one of the three cubs.
According to officials at the Toronto Zoo, taking care of a baby polar bear is not an easy task.
"This has been an interesting and challenging case for the zoo and a valiant and dedicated team effort of both the Wildlife Health Centre and Wildlife Care staff," said John Tracogna, the zoo's Chief Executive Officer.
The cub can currently be seen in his new outdoor den in the zoo's polar bear exhibit.
Additionally, the zoo wants to give its newest addition a name. So, over the next weeks, the zoo is looking for a suitable male name. The selected name will be announced March 31, 2012.